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AUG 2019

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Winners of KBDN's 2019 Kitchen & Bath Design Awards showcased some of today's hottest trends, from waterfall-edge countertops, Moroccan influences and creative storage solutions to organic elements, large-format tile and more subtly integrated Universal Design elements. BY JANICE COSTA Winning Details hile it's important to understand the principles of good design, the best-designed spaces are generally anything but formulaic. Nor is there a one-size-fits-all design solution for every project or every client. Sometimes, the rules of design call for a clean, elegant space that's exqui- site in its simplicity, yet other times, bold drama is the watch- word of the day – and still other times, breaking all the rules is just what's needed to create a design masterpiece. Like any art form, design is very personal, and the best designs meld not just function and fashion, but also the tastes of the homeowners with the creative vision of the designer. And, of course, the details are everything – because in design, the little things are often what matter most. When all of the pieces come together, the result is a design that offers a win-win for both client and designer. And in some cases, there's a third win – such as the 33 designs that were named winners of Kitchen & Bath Design News' 2019 Kitchen & Bath Design Awards (see related Editorial, Page 7). The nearly 300 projects submitted were judged in 11 different categories: Best Kitchen Over $225,000; Best Kitchen $150,000-$225,000; Best Kitchen $75,000-$150,000; Best Kitchen Under $75,000; Best Master Bath Over $100,000; Best Master Bath $50,000-$100,000; Best Master Bath Under $50,000; Best Powder Room; Best Showroom; Best Universal Design Kitchen or Bath, and Best Specialty Project. This year's entries were judged by a panel of top design professionals, with projects evaluated on the basis of aesthetic appeal, functionality of the space, attention to detail, han- dling of unusual situations, originality, selection of colors and finishes and overall impression. Judges also took the time to provide valuable design feedback to all of the entrants. Judges for the 2019 competition included: Jonas Carnemark, CARNEMARK design + build, Bethesda, MD; Cheryl Kees Clendenon, In Detail Interiors, Pensacola, FL; Gail Drury, CMKBD, Drury Design, Glen Ellyn, IL; Dan McFadden, PB Kitchen Design, Geneva, IL; Mary Jo Peterson, CMKBD, CAPS, CLIPP, Mary Jo Peterson Inc., Brookfield, CT, and Ebony Stephenson, CAPS, Designs by Ebony, LLC, Newport News, VA. Design contests not only showcase beautifully and thoughtfully crafted spaces, they also offer insights into what's trending. In the kitchen, some of the hottest trends identified by the judges this year included layered countertops and more built-up edges, designs that feature high contrast, warmer grays or taupe-y shades, a greater use of organic elements, more targeted storage, open shelving, fewer wall cabinets and more windows, a greater focus on ceilings, full tile walls, both darker and bleached wood cabinetry and an increased use of metal. In the bath, large-format tiles, lots of eye-catching decorative lighting fixtures, no-threshold showers, a greater Moroccan influence, an increased focus on the spa shower experience, the use of shiplap and plenty of white, blue and gray tones were cited by judges as trends seen in many of the entries. THE MAKINGS OF A WINNER While each of the winning designs offered different elements, certain commonalities were prevalent, including dramatic de- tails, contrasting colors, clever organizational details, organic elements and clean and well balanced designs. For instance, for the first-place winner in the Best Kitchen $150,000-$225,000 category, Clendenon mentioned, "It's just well put together, incorporating a cool trend with the black, but some nice contrast, and incorporating organic elements." In the Master Baths Over $100,000 category, Peterson commended the first-place bath, stating, "This is really well done – I like the drama." Stephenson also noted the functionality of the space, saying, "Two people can shower, two people can use the restroom, two people can do hair or make up. It just works really well." Likewise, in the third-place-winning bath in this catego- ry, McFadden noted, "I think the organization in this space is just wonderful. I like how they reserved the appropriate space for the tub. It's a big win in space planning." In the first-place winner of the Kitchens $225,000 and Up, Drury was taken by "the many interesting details in the de- sign," while Klendenon cited "the shiplap and the dark beams that match the stools" as elements that won her attention, and Peterson fell in love with "all the natural materials" that gave the space "a very organic feel." W Judges for the 2019 Kitchen & Bath Design Awards (from left to right): Mary Jo Peterson, Dan McFadden, Ebony Stephenson, Gail Drury, Jonas Carnemark and Cheryl Kees Clendenon. 34 Kitchen & Bath Design News • August 2019

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